It’s been another amazing year for independent and small press comics, and so picking our favourites from the year has not been an easy task. It has meant missing out some big hitters from previous years line-ups, but this is a reflection of the calibre and quality of books we have discovered this year, many of which were from first time creators dipping their toe in the world of self publishing for the first time!

While comics are mainly seen as escapist entertainment, they also can also be used to deal with highly personal and troubling events, working as outlets for those who experienced them and support for those who might be going through something similar. The latest book to join the growing roster of highly intimate small press books is Face Down in the Mud, a very personal tale by David B. Cooper regarding a terrible trauma he experienced and the ongoing struggle to recover from it.